The initiative aims to ensure that individuals from target populations receive the necessary supplemental, supportive, remedial, & wraparound services they need to successfully enter, participate in, & complete workforce & education programs & enter, be retained, and advance in the labor market.
In July 2021, the California Legislature approved Senate Bill (SB) 129, which appropriated state general funds to be expended on the Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative. The CWDB is required to submit an interim and final report to the California legislature, summarizing in the aggregate, the outcome data collected pursuant to the amended Unemployment Insurance Code (UIC) section 14033, including any available information on the following grant evaluation criteria:
● The ability of the grantees to provide the services proposed in the grant to the number of individuals specified in the grant as evidenced by among other things, whether the grantee completed the work proposed.
● The ability of individuals to successfully complete relevant programming funded under the grant as demonstrated by relevant measures directly related to the purpose of the program.
● The ability of individuals to transition into or be integrated into the broader workforce and education system as evidenced by employment and enrollment in relevant programs.
● The ability of individuals to succeed in both the broader workforce and education system and labor market once they transition into the broader system. This shall be measured by tracking these individuals utilizing the existing performance monitoring systems and metrics governing relevant programs and outcomes once they transition into the broader system.
● The ability for program participants to inform programming on an ongoing basis and evaluate program performance and success.
● The degree to which program activities acknowledge and address historic racial inequity and socioeconomic barriers to labor force participation for target population groups.
● The degree to which leadership at the executive and board level of the lead applicant organization reflects the target populations.
● The degree to which at least 25 percent of the lead applicant organization’s staff reflects the target populations.
The intent of the Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative is to:
● Focus on innovative approaches to, and proven practices for, addressing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in the labor market.
● Provide individuals with barriers to employment the services and support they need to be successful in entering, participating, and completing broader workforce preparation, training, and education programs within pathways aligned with regional labor market needs. Those who complete these programs should have the skills and competencies necessary to successfully enter the labor market, retain employment, and earn wages that lead to self-sufficiency, and eventually, economic mobility and security.
● Deliver services through collaborative partnerships between mission-driven CBOs and local workforce development boards with experience in providing services and relevant relationships to target populations.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Please refer to the solicitation document for more information. Eligible applicants are Community Based Organizations and Local Workforce Development Boards and an application requires a partnership that includes at least one of each. 501c3 status is required for this grant.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Applicants are required to demonstrate an at least 20% cash match or an in-kind match. For an in-kind match, non-cash resources must be given a monetary amount that is equivalent to a 20% cash match. Subcontractor contributions will count toward match requirements.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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